A Paper on the Life and Character of Mr. Thomas Paine (Classic Reprint)

A Paper on the Life and Character of Mr. Thomas Paine (Classic Reprint)

by James A. Randall
     
 

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Not the least remarkable thing about the following pages is that at this late day, so long after the living Paine played so conspicuous a part in the world's most glorious epoch as bearing upon the destiny of this nation, so much new light and such cogent chastening of previous harsh judgments should

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Excerpt from A Paper on the Life and Character of Mr. Thomas Paine

Not the least remarkable thing about the following pages is that at this late day, so long after the living Paine played so conspicuous a part in the world's most glorious epoch as bearing upon the destiny of this nation, so much new light and such cogent chastening of previous harsh judgments should be supplied by the author.

Paine was one of the best and truest of men, and in religion was an iconoclastic thinker and lived a century or more ahead of his time. It was a sublime courage which in the 18th century - a time of great religious intolerance and superstition compared with the present 20th - prompted Paine to write and give to the world his masterful 'Age of Reason,' a work which breathed the loftiest sentiments of pure natural religion than were ever penned by man.

"I believe in one God, and the word of God is the creation we behold, and it is in this word which no human invention can counterfeit or alter that God speaketh universally to man" was Paine's declaration of faith. He believed in the equality of man and that religious duties consisted in doing justice, loving mercy and endeavoring to make his fellow creatures happy.

For having thus declared himself, Paine, whose active mind and brilliant, forceful pen had played so important a part in rearing a great Republic in America, was practically dropped from its history.

Had Paine never written the 'Age of Reason' his memory would have been lauded for his great work during the revolutionary struggle, but unfortunately he is known mainly as a free thinker, and by the ignorant as well as those who never read his writings, as a scoffer against religion.

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ISBN-13:
9781331593768
Publisher:
FB &c Ltd
Publication date:
07/17/2015
Pages:
42
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.09(d)

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